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Legacy Story: Looking Back on the Struggle (1989)

"The only haven I had was the hospital. In those days, hospitals were a safe place to be — or so we thought.”

The Joshua Poems: Coping With a Child’s Suicide

We don’t move on. We live with him inside out. Day in. Day out. At night when we least want to. In public when it surprises us.

A Healing Journey With Lyrics (updated with music festival images)

How do you explain cancer to your young children while fighting the hardest physical battle you have ever faced? 

Suicide Has Become an Epidemic in Rural Minnesota — How Can We Prevent Further Loss?

"I’ve heard more people telling me somebody they knew died from suicide in the last six months than I ever have in my whole life put together."

Legacy Story: African American Moms: Community Must Invest in Youth (1998)

“We bought these children into the world. We feel their pain and share it with them.”
Sue Aberholden

UPDATED 3-19: Top Issues to Reform Minnesota’s Mental Health System

The goal is not to build the police departments to be able to handle mental health crisis. The goal is to build our mental health system.

Deep Dive: How Legislators and Law Enforcement Are Divided on Using Force on Students

The contentious debate in the legislature continues about whether chokeholds can be used on students. This represents recent discussion by a variety of voices, from law enforcement to students to pediatric health specialists.
Shea Holt photo taken by Sarah Whiting at the 2023 Minnesota Women's Press event

How Youth Violence Happens:  A Conversation With Shea Holt 

A bruise I can feel today, tomorrow, maybe the next day. But the things that are harder to heal from are unseen. 

Commentary: It’s Past Time to Talk and Write Much Better About Gender-Based Violence

"Achieving a violence free Minnesota demands that we explicitly name domestic violence when and where it occurs, and that it remains a matter of community action before, during, and after tragedies like these—not just when first responders are killed in their attempts to assist."

Highest Known Number of Minnesotans Killed From Domestic Violence in 2023

Violence Free Minnesota was able to confirm 39 known victims in 2023. This is the highest confirmed number of known deaths from domestic violence since the coalition started tracking intimate partner homicides in 1989.

The Erroneous Link Between Mental Illness and Violence

We are focused on mental illness as being key to  violence prevention — but it accounts for only five percent of the violence.